Helen Mirren Tells James Corden To 'Bow Down' In A Rap Battle You Won't Soon Forget

Don't come for the queen.

We never knew how much we wanted to see a rap battle between Late Late Show host James Corden and fellow Brit Dame Helen Mirren until we got it, and now we can't imagine a world without it. Mirren joined Corden for his famous "Drop the Mic" segment on Tuesday night, and she came to slay.

The actress kicked things off with one of the most memorable entrances in "Drop the Mic" history, wearing a crown and robe and giving a regal wave to the crown, in a reference to her queenly roles. She capped it off by telling Corden to "bow down," to which he replied, "We're not at home anymore. I'm the king in this studio."


The pair proceeded to trade some good-natured digs. "I've played the queen, but also warriors and witches / Crime lords and wizards, bosses, and bitches," Mirren bragged at one point. "Detectives and whores, from Altman to Shakespeare / The only role you ever play is 'guy who begged to be here.'"

But our favorite moment had to be when Mirren responded to Corden comparing her to her fellow actresses. "You compare me to Meryl, Judi, Maggie, but why? / They're not my competition, they're my ride or die." When Reggie Watts asked the audience to choose a winner, it wasn't much of a surprise who came out on top.

Check out the full rap battle below:


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